This desirable home is situated in the rural hamlet of Linwood, located in the heart of the New Forest National Park, with direct access to thousands of acres of natural heath and woodland, ideal for walking, cycling and riding. The nearby popular ‘Red Shoot Inn’ offers its own brewery with special New Forest Ales on Tap.
THE LOCAL AREA
Ringwood offers the best of all worlds. This old market town is positioned on the edge of the New Forest, yet is just ten minutes drive to the coast and also has easy access to the A31, with London, Southampton and Winchester in one direction and Bournemouth in the other. It is an increasingly popular destination for home hunters. Best known as the home of Ringwood Brewery (inspiration for the current boom in microbreweries), it is undergoing a re-identification. The old cattle market has been transformed into a stylish shopping quarter with names such as Aga, Hobbs, Joules, Waitrose and Waterstones, and a programme of events that includes live music and farmers’ markets. The adjacent high street has retained its character, with a traditional weekly market and a selection of independents, a new artisan bakery, and a variety of decent eateries such as Framptons and Noisy Lobster. Families are attracted by the sense of community and highly regarded secondary school (its sixth form provision rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted). There is a wide range of property from thatched cottages, through Victorian and Edwardian villas to tree-lined closes of homes built between the wars and every decade from mid-century onwards. For the commuter, the cities of Salisbury and Southampton are easily reached via the A338 and the A31 and London is only 2 hours distant, via the M3. The larger shopping towns of Bournemouth (10 miles south) and Southampton (20 miles east), both with their airports are easily accessible.
Little Pointers Farm has been refurbished throughout in recent years to an extremely high specification ensuing in a classic yet contemporary feel with comfortable open-plan living. The house is light an airy and the attention to detail is evident in every aspect.
The property is entered via the elegant entrance hall with half glazed double doors, cappuccino coloured travertine floor and built in cupboards and bookcases either side of the grand faux fireplace. The open plan living space has a modern wood burning stove in the sitting area, a breakfast bar and an impressive bespoke Second Nature kitchen with a 4 door AGA, electric oven and hob, larder refrigerator and separate freezer, built in wine cooler, dishwasher and a double Belfast sink. Fully glazed double doors open onto the conservatory which has a central lantern and double doors leading out onto a secluded patio. On the ground floor there are 2/3 double bedrooms, one with a vaulted ceiling, en-suite shower room and doors out onto the garden. A second large shower room with an airing cupboard, and a boot room with built in washing machine.
Upstairs a substantial triple aspect master bedroom and luxurious adjacent bathroom and dressing room features a large shower enclosure, London style rectangular freestanding bath, designer basin unit; and a range of built in and walk in wardrobes and cupboards.
The L shaped stable yard has 6 stables, 4 12 x 12, and 2 large foaling boxes, a feed room and a rug/tack room. All the stables are well lit and have rubber matting throughout. The yard apron is concrete and fenced and there is a large wash down area. An ample hay barn has full height double doors and can hold 450 small bales and provides access for large bales. An additional pole barn is ideal as a machinery store and can easily accommodate a compact tractor and trailer. There is abundant parking for a horsebox and ease for manoeuvre, and a purpose built muck heap has been designed with removal in mind for heavy machinery. The paddocks extend to some 13 acres, mostly fence and rail and the boundary has been double fenced to avoid contact with forest stock. There are 9 paddocks of various sizes enabling rotation or permanent turnout and 2 big field shelters offering year round turnout. 12 foot gates allow large machinery access throughout. Miles of uninterrupted forest, woods and enclosures provides superb hacking right from the gate and no road work. In the summer months the paddocks offer suitable areas for schooling and jumping and there are a number of manages in the vicinity. Transport links are excellent for competitions and training and the property is perfectly situated for hunting with the New Forest, Wilton, Portman, HH, RA and many more. The property benefits from forest rights to graze stock on the forest.
The property is entered through large wooden gates leading onto an extensive gravel drive and parking area and a double car port. There is a two bed mobile home which has been used a staff rest room. A sloping garden to the rear of the house is bordered by trees and shrubs and boasts a huge decked area ideal for outdoor entertaining, a small patio, and a walk way around the house leads to a second larger patio overlooking the stables. The garden area continues around the equestrian facilities down to a tranquil orchard and a further plot of yet developed land with scope for various use.
Energy Efficiency Rating: E Current: 50 Potential: 64
Council Tax Band: G
Mains Electric and Water, Private Drainage and Oil Fired Central Heating
Living in Fordingbridge
Fordingbridge, with its distinctive seven arch bridge spanning the River Avon, rewards discovery. This former market town enjoys an idyllic location between the heath and woodland of the New Forest and rolling chalk downlands of Cranborne Chase. The Avon Valley long-distance footpath from Salisbury to Christchurch runs through the town, meandering beside the Avon. Round and about are some of the loveliest villages, including Rockbourne with the remains of a Roman villa and good, popular pub, the Rose & Thistle, and delightful Breamore with its picturesque Marsh (surviving manorial green) and Elizabethan manor house.
Fordingbridge itself has a high street of interesting independents including an art gallery, architectural salvage yard (a great resource with treasures such as Victorian fireplaces), bookshop and boutiques, and essentials such as butchers and bakers. There’s also a great selection of pubs and restaurants in the area, such as The George in Fordingbridge, The Three Lions at Stuckton and The Foresters at Frogham.
Property in Fordingbridge and surrounding area represents good value for the New Forest and includes character cottages and modern family homes. Families are also attracted by the well-regarded independent schools of Forres Sandle Manor and Moyles Court.
Fordingbridge is positioned just off the main Salisbury to Christchurch Road, so there’s reasonable access to the road networks - including A31 at Ringwood.
£1,295,000 Guide Price
- 4 Bedrooms:
- 3 Bathrooms:
- 2 Living Rooms:
SALE AGREED BY SPENCERS ESTATE AGENTS, RINGWOOD - An outstanding equestrian property with direct forest access, Forest rights and excellent outriding, offering superb facilities including approximately 13 acres of post and rail paddock, six stables, a large storage barn and additional outbuildings and field shelters. Ideally situated within the magnificent New Forest National Park, this charming home has been refurbished throughout in recent years to an extremely high specification ensuing in a classic yet contemporary feel with comfortable open plan living. Energy Performance Rating: E
Spencers Ringwood Office
- 01425 462 600
42 High Street